KFC fires manager who fired transgender woman
KFC announced Tuesday the company had fired a store manager for discriminating against a transgender worker, and social media reaction indicated the move was in good taste.
Georgia Carter, 27, was fired from a Richmond, Va., Kentucky Fried Chicken when the manager found out her driver's licence identified the worker as male.
KFC publicly announced the manager had been fired.
<a href="https://twitter.com/elielcruz">@elielcruz</a> KFC will not tolerate discrimination. The franchisee terminated this manager & Ms Carter was offered a job at any Richmond KFC—@kfc
In a statement to Business Insider, KFC said the manager violated the franchisee policy, which is inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Carter told ABC News that she was elated to get the job.
Shortly after, however, she received a call from the manager who said he had a problem with Carter's driver's licence, Carter told ABC.
Once she told the manager that she was transgender, she claimed he said, "Oh, we can't hire you because we don't know which bathroom you can use."
When KFC heard the allegation, an "immediate and thorough investigation" was conducted, according to Business Insider.
KFC's announcement received a lot of positive reaction on Twitter.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/kfc">@kfc</a> Thank you for standing up to Transgender discrimination. You not only have tasty chicken, but good taste! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lgbt?src=hash">#lgbt</a>—@inglamwetrust
<a href="https://twitter.com/kfc">@kfc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/elielcruz">@elielcruz</a> I hate KFC - the product and the company - but not quite so much now.—@CaptMiscavige
<a href="https://twitter.com/kfc">@kfc</a> Thank you KFC for taking a stand for trans lives, and against employment discrimination against transgender people.—@TSDianaH
<a href="https://twitter.com/kfc">@kfc</a> thank you for standing up for us KFC. Brought tears to my eyes. Y'all still need to work on food source issues, but I will be buying.—@d_m_elms